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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

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{Guest post by Hannah Rials}
Margarita Engle’s new book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is an inspiring story based on true events. And since I played drums in high school, this poem has a special place in my heart. Us female drummers have to stick together!
Drum Dream Girl
Girl’s didn’t drum. That’s just the way things were in Cuba. Men were meant to be drummers. But then one little Drum Dream Girl decided to change all that. She lived, breathed, and dreamt drumming. Her fingers would start tapping beats without her even realizing it. Little Drum Dream Girl was meant to be a drummer. But no one would listen to her. They just told her that drumming was for men.
She dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
Drum Dream Girl
Until one day, her father heard what an amazing drummer was and decided to get her a music teacher. And he believed in her too! And the little Drum Dream Girl went on to be one of the most famous drummers in history! She didn’t listen to convention. She made her own way and changed history!
Yet again, Margarita Engle creates an amazing story told through poetry. Drum Dream Girl is based on the life of a real Chinese-African-Cuban girl who challenged the traditions of her community. The poem is beautiful and inspiring, and Rafael López’s illustrations are just magnificent! They’re vibrant and lively and fit perfectly with the rhythm of the poem!
 drum dream girl
Author Margarita Engle is a favorite here on Jump Into a Book. Past review of her beautiful books include The Wild Book 
Margarita Engle

Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?
But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. “Think of it as a garden,” she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.

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Something to Do Activities:

1. Create your own drum AND save the planet by creating this Upcycled Pringles Can Drum from The Taylor House:
  Pringles can drum
2. Here’s another cool drum activity. My Percussion Ensemble always did a bucket drum piece. So much fun!
         bucket drums
3. Millo Castro Zaldarriaga performed with her sisters in their group Anacaona, Cuba’s first “all-girl dance band.” Here’s a recording and pictures of their group who played for U.S. Preside FD Roosevelt!

Hannah RialsHANNAH RIALS: A Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her new YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches (to be released in August of 2016). When not spending time with her family and playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, Hannah leads a creative group, crafts and cultivates her writing skills. Connect with Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and via her website.



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